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A show made for analysts: data, data analysis, and software.

A show made for analysts: data, data analysis, and software.

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A show made for analysts: data, data analysis, and software.

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English


Episodes

Dear Analyst #85: Preksha Kaparwan talks about her journey as a chef To CMO of a data analytics company

1/18/2022
You might think not having a data background means it’ll be tougher for you to get a career in data. For Preksha Kaparwan, co-founder and CMO at Alphaa AI, the journey into data was anything but traditional. In this episode, Preksha talks about starting her career in the hospitality industry, falling in love with data […] The post Dear Analyst #85: Preksha Kaparwan talks about her journey as a chef To CMO of a data analytics company appeared first on .

Duration:00:47:52

Dear Analyst #84: Top 3 data analytics trends in 2021 and top 3 predictions for 2022

1/3/2022
Unlike the NBA, you can’t easily pick and choose the top “plays” of 2021 in the data analytics field like you can with basketball games. This list is by no means exhaustive and is just based on my reading of news and trends in the data analytics world. It’s easy to talk about big changes […] The post Dear Analyst #84: Top 3 data analytics trends in 2021 and top 3 predictions for 2022 appeared first on .

Duration:00:26:38

Dear Analyst #83: Cleaning up and doing an exploratory data analysis of all Friends episodes raw data in Excel

12/27/2021
I was playing around with a dataset on TikTok recently to show a PivotTable trick. The raw data is a list of all Friends episodes that have aired starting in 1994. I noticed that the raw data requires some cleanup so decided to take the dataset and to some cleaning operations and also try out […] The post Dear Analyst #83: Cleaning up and doing an exploratory data analysis of all Friends episodes raw data in Excel appeared first on .

Duration:00:30:21

Dear Analyst #82: Translating the best lines from The Godfather with Google Translate in Sheets

12/6/2021
I haven’t seen a good use case or template for the GOOGLETRANSLATE function in Google Sheets. I was inspired by Blake Burge’s Top 8 Google Sheets Tweet and thought a bit more about when you might use GOOGLETRANSLATE in Google Sheets. I suppose if you work as a translator or at the United Nations, you […] The post Dear Analyst #82: Translating the best lines from The Godfather with Google Translate in Sheets appeared first on .

Duration:00:11:31

Dear Analyst #81: How to hack award flights on Avianca Airlines with Google Sheets

11/22/2021
I love a good deal, especially when it comes to getting a good flight. Ever since I got into churning a few years ago (signing up for credit cards to get rewards), I started booking flights primarily with reward points from these credit cards. I spend more time searching for flights with good point redemptions […] The post Dear Analyst #81: How to hack award flights on Avianca Airlines with Google Sheets appeared first on .

Duration:00:34:56

Dear Analyst #80: Applying the rules of Squid Game to real-life games like negotiating a job offer

11/1/2021
I finished watching Squid Game a few weeks ago and still have all these swirling thoughts about the series. Through a few basic survival games, the show brings to light wealth inequality, capitalism, and other aspects of the human condition. Trying to find the loose threads between the show’s deeper meaning and data literacy is […] The post Dear Analyst #80: Applying the rules of Squid Game to real-life games like negotiating a job offer appeared first on .

Duration:00:46:58

Dear Analyst #79: How to finally AutoFit column widths in Excel for the Mac (and PC)

10/11/2021
When you’re creating some dashboard or report, one of the most common formatting operations you’ll find yourself doing is expanding the column width to fit the text or numbers in a cell. You might also be expanding the row height to fit the size of the text, but I think it’s less common than expanding […] The post Dear Analyst #79: How to finally AutoFit column widths in Excel for the Mac (and PC) appeared first on .

Duration:00:20:54

Dear Analyst #78: 3 mental models from the show Billions

10/4/2021
Following up from episode #77 about mental models, I wanted to take things one step further and tie mental models to one of my favorite shows. If you came here hoping for the latest Excel trick or keyboard shortcut, apologies in advance. If there’s one theme you should take away from these posts, it’s being […] The post Dear Analyst #78: 3 mental models from the show Billions appeared first on .

Duration:00:34:43

Dear Analyst #77: The top 3 mental models I never think about and live by (I think)

9/20/2021
The promise of mental models is that it helps you bridge the gap between what’s in your mind and what happens in real life. They are interesting thought exercises in how you think. But that’s where it ends for me. How often do you approach a big decision in life and decide to pull from […] The post Dear Analyst #77: The top 3 mental models I never think about and live by (I think) appeared first on .

Duration:00:37:21

Dear Analyst #76: Productivity hack for creating a Google Calendar event by sending yourself an email

9/7/2021
Taking a slight detour off of the data analysis/spreadsheet path and getting into the world of productivity hacks with this episode. A productivity hack can mean different things, and in this case it’s a hack to improve your workflow at, you guessed it, work. This hack gives you the ability to create a Google Calendar […] The post Dear Analyst #76: Productivity hack for creating a Google Calendar event by sending yourself an email appeared first on .

Duration:00:20:16

Dear Analyst #75: How to extract first, last, and multiple middle names into 3 separate columns

8/16/2021
In episode 52, I talked about how to extract text from a cell. You might use this formula to extract a certain value from a cell when your database or CSV export contains a bunch of miscellaneous prefix data. This formula relies on finding a certain character in the cell and then using the MID […] The post Dear Analyst #75: How to extract first, last, and multiple middle names into 3 separate columns appeared first on .

Duration:00:16:36

Dear Analyst #74: Quick hack to count the number of words in a cell with LEN and SUBSTITUTE

7/19/2021
While this little Excel/Google Sheets trick is a pretty straightforward hack, it led me to think about how we use our tools, how we stretch the capabilities of our tools, and think outside the box to come to arrive at a solution. Seems like a lot for a formula trick on counting the number of […] The post Dear Analyst #74: Quick hack to count the number of words in a cell with LEN and SUBSTITUTE appeared first on .

Duration:00:34:33

Dear Analyst #73: From a career in the U.S. Navy to data analytics YouTuber with Luke Barousse

6/22/2021
The path to a career in data analytics can be full of twists and turns. Along the way, you pick up tools like Excel, Python, Tableau, and R. What about learning how to use YouTube and growing an audience of 50,000+ from publishing videos about data analytics? I’m always fascinated by people who are able […] The post Dear Analyst #73: From a career in the U.S. Navy to data analytics YouTuber with Luke Barousse appeared first on .

Duration:00:42:23

Dear Analyst #72: A simple trick to be faster in Excel on the Mac (like you are on the PC)

6/14/2021
The impetus for this episode is a new Google Sheet (and Excel) tip I just shared on Instagram and TikTok (I never thought I’d join these platforms to start posting tips but alas, this is how people learn these days). After I learned how to be productive the PC version of Excel, I opened my […] The post Dear Analyst #72: A simple trick to be faster in Excel on the Mac (like you are on the PC) appeared first on .

Duration:00:23:03

Dear Analyst #71: Benn Stancil, Co-Founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Mode Analytics on all things analytics

5/24/2021
Learning the tips and tricks for doing data analysis in Excel is great and all, but stepping back to see the bigger picture leads to better questions (and answers) you can ask as an analyst. Benn Stancil is one of the founders at Mode Analytics, a data visualization platform you may have used before. Benn […] The post Dear Analyst #71: Benn Stancil, Co-Founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Mode Analytics on all things analytics appeared first on .

Duration:00:36:23

Dear Analyst #70: New advanced PivotTable class and a PivotTable calculated field trick for percentages

5/18/2021
I’ve been planning a few advanced Excel classes with Skillshare and excited to launch my first one today called Advanced PivotTable Techniques for Analyzing and Presenting Data Faster. I use PivotTables on and off depending on the task at hand. In preparation for this class, I had the opportunity to research and learn some advanced […] The post Dear Analyst #70: New advanced PivotTable class and a PivotTable calculated field trick for percentages appeared first on .

Duration:00:11:22

Dear Analyst #69: Import data from another Google Sheet and filter the results to show just what you need

5/10/2021
You may be filtering and sorting a big dataset in a Google Sheet and want to see that dataset in another Google Sheet without having to copying and pasting the data each time the “source” data is updated. To solve this problem, you need to somehow import the data from the “source” worksheet to your […] The post Dear Analyst #69: Import data from another Google Sheet and filter the results to show just what you need appeared first on .

Duration:00:30:34

Dear Analyst #68: Generate unique IDs for your dataset for building summary reports in Google Sheets

5/4/2021
If your dataset doesn’t have a unique identifier (e.g. customer ID, location ID, etc.), sometimes you have to make one up. The reason you need this unique ID is to summarize your dataset into a nice report to be shared with a client or internal stakeholders. Usually your dataset will have some kind of unique […] The post Dear Analyst #68: Generate unique IDs for your dataset for building summary reports in Google Sheets appeared first on .

Duration:00:30:37

Dear Analyst #67: Automating tedious tasks with scripts and solving problems software can’t fix

4/19/2021
This episode is actually a recap of a talk I gave at a meetup. After reflecting a bit about the subject matter, I wanted to discuss some other topics that are more important than writing VBA scripts or doing stuff in Excel. At the meetup, I discussed a VBA script and Google App Script I […] The post Dear Analyst #67: Automating tedious tasks with scripts and solving problems software can’t fix appeared first on .

Duration:00:36:32

Dear Analyst #66: How to update and add new data to a PivotTable with ramen ratings data

4/12/2021
PivotTables have been on my mind lately (you’ll see why in a couple weeks). An issue you may face with PivotTables is how to change the source data for a PivotTable you’ve meticulously set up. You have some new data being added to your source data, and you have to change the PivotTable source data […] The post Dear Analyst #66: How to update and add new data to a PivotTable with ramen ratings data appeared first on .

Duration:00:24:43